Karen Jania, reference archivist at the University of Michigan's Bentley Library, discusses attaining, maintaining and exhibiting library collections. A detailed description for each part follows below:
Part 1: What's in the Bentley library? Does Michigan have an historical society? How does the Bentley help people and organizations realize the historical significance of their documents? What Bentley collections has Zoe Behnke used in research for the Liberty Awakes exhibit? What public activities does the Bentley take part in?
Part 2: Why are family collections important to the Bentley? How do people find what they're looking for at the Bentley, a "closed-stacks" library? A favorite story of Karen's from her time sleuthing for information in the library. Karen's favorite collections.
Part 3: What important documents do they have from the late 60s and early 70s movements? How do they decide which subjects are important and what documentation do they seek? Are certain times, places and voices more documented than others? -- For example is there a lack of information on the anti-suffrage movement and why? If you have suffrage documents, how do you donate them? Creating context for items in personal collections and the library.
Part 4: How has technology affected preservation techniques? Advice for amateur historians.